Cakiroglu, Surmeneli and Krasteva advanced to the finals of the Tokyo Olympic Games04 August 2021
The Tokyo Olympic Games had a shorten competition day with only seven bouts but all of them were excited today. Turkey’s duo Busenaz Cakiroglu and Busenaz Surmeneli eliminated their Asian rivals in the eleventh day of boxing while Bulgaria’s Stoyka Krasteva used smart boxing to win her semi-final.
Altogether 24 European nations could send boxers to the Olympic Games to Japan where the continent have got 92 tough boxers including 33 women. Among them 19 earned medals after nine competition days and four new boxers joined to them. Russia, Great Britain, Turkey, Ukraine, Ireland, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Italy, Netherlands, Finland and Armenia claimed at least one medal in the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The bout of the day
Turkey’s Busenaz Cakiroglu is the defending European Games winner and the EUBC European Women’s Champion therefore she had strong mission in the Tokyo Olympic Games. The Turkish southpaw landed single shots from counter-attacking range when she met in the semi-final with Chinese Taipei’s Huang Hsiao Wen. Both boxers have got the same long distance tactic but Cakiroglu was better in that game in the first round. Huang moved forward more in the second round and she had a few good actions in the middle of the bout. Huang had an impressive right-handed jab which reached the target but after six minutes of fight, Cakiroglu had advantages on three out of the five scorecards. Cakiroglu’s left-handed hooks were dangerous in the beginning of the third round and she was always keeping away from the short distance. The Turkish girl advanced to the final of the women’s flyweight (51kg) and she is a history maker of her country with this result.
The surprise of the day
Bulgaria’s Stoyka Krasteva claimed two silver medals in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and she amazed in the recent competition with her fantastic technical skills. The Bulgarian veteran has done an amazing decision returning to the national team and she prepared well to her Olympic semi-final against Japan’s Tsukimi Namiki who claimed bronze at the 2018 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships. The smaller Japanese boxer moved more on feet in the first round but Krasteva was patient and waited for the best moments to stop Namiki. The Bulgarian used her longer reach effectively and felt when she can land her jabs to reach the 13-years-younger Japanese boxer. Krasteva had Olympic experiences from London which paid off in the second semi-final of the women’s flyweight (51kg) and eliminated Namiki on Day11.
The second Turkish semi-finalist in the Tokyo Olympic Games was Busenaz Surmeneli in the women’s welterweight (69kg). The AIBA Women’s World Champion had difficulties in the first two minutes against India’s Lovlina Borgohain when her Asian opponent used her longer reach well and did not let Surmeneli to go closer. The 23-year-old Turkish found her best rhythm in the end of the first round and landed multiple shots and one of them was a heavy punch to count the Indian. Surmeneli continued her strong performance and she had a strong finish in the second round while the Indian received also a warning. The Turkish star had massive advantage after six minutes of boxing but she was still busy in the third round therefore Surmeneli advanced to the final with outstanding performance. Surmeneli’s final opponent will be China’s Seed No.2 Gu Hong who eliminated United States’ Oshae Jones.
Great Britain’s Frazer Clarke was patient, he waited for his time to come after Anthony Joshua’s and Joseph Joyce’s eras to compete in an Olympic Games. The 30-year-old boxer claimed several medals in the recent years but his semi-final opponent was Uzbekistan’s defending AIBA World Champion Bakhodir Jalolov who remained unbeaten in the recent four years. The Uzbek controlled the first round but Clarke had a good finish and landed a few strong shots. Jalolov kept continue the dominancy of the bout but Clarke caught him one time with a heavy shot in the second round. Jalolov launched more shots and stopped Clarke in the third round which means the British earned bronze medal in Tokyo.
Great Britain’s Benjamin Whittaker joined to the elite national team in 2017 and arrived to the Tokyo Olympic Games in top form to win the light heavyweight (81kg). The British star met with Cuba’s Arlen Lopez who is AIBA World Champion and Olympic Games winner but in the recent five years, he was not enough successful. Lopez moved ahead while the British boxer operated from longer range using his counter-punches in the opening minutes. Lopez was offensive, Whittaker had good defence in the first round but he did not land enough shots in that period. The 24-year-old British worked better in the second round and he gave in everything but the judges picked Arlen Lopez as the winner of their final.